County reports two known COVID-19 cases

Just after 10 p.m. Friday, May 22, the Lassen COVID-19 Incident Command reported the first two known COVID-19 cases in Lassen County.

Lassencares reports two known cases, 398 negative tests, results from 311 tests pending for a total of 702 tests administered.

“The Lassen County Public Health Department is reporting that they have identified two individuals from the same household who have tested positive for COVID-19 (novel coronavirus). These individuals were immediately placed on quarantine and tested locally. Close contacts are being notified to quarantine for 14 days,” read the Friday statement.

“Lassen County Public Health is working closely with local community partners to reduce the spread of COVID-19,” the statement continued. “It is our priority to protect the privacy of the individuals during this time of illness.”

What does it mean to be a “close contact” of a person with or likely to have COVID-19:
1. Were within 6 feet of person who has or is likely to have COVID-19 for more than
ten minutes
2. Had unprotected contact with the body fluids and/or secretions (such as being
coughed on/sneezed on, shared utensils or salvia or provided care without wearing protective equipment) of a person who has or is likely to have COVID-19

”Lassen County Public Health’s main focus is the safety of our community. It is critical that every person follow the Public Health Officer’s guidance,” read the statement.

•Avoid other groups
•Enjoy activities individually or in small household groups.
•Exercise and recreate close to home
•Minimize contact with others
•Use good personal protective measures
•Wash your hands and use hand sanitizer often
•Maintain physical distancing of 6 feet
•Cover mouths with an elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze.

Lassen County is still working with the State to move our community forward into reopening. For additional information and updates, please visit our website at and the LassenCares Facebook page. If you have any questions regarding COVID-19, please call the Lassen County COVID-19 call center at 251- 8100 Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.